by Malinda Maynor Lowery
(This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.)
Increasingly, Columbus Day is giving people pause.
More and more towns and cities across the country are electing to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day as an alternative to — or in addition to — the day intended to honor Columbus’ voyages.
Critics of the change see it as just another example of political correctness run amok — another flashpoint of the culture wars.
As a scholar of Native American history — and a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina — I know the story is more complex than that.
The growing recognition and celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day actually represents the fruits of a concerted, decades-long effort to recognize the role of Indigenous people in the nation’s history.
Continue reading The Native History of Indigenous Peoples’ Day
by Matt Remle
“Columbus Day as a national, and international, phenomenon reflects a much larger dynamic that promotes myriad myths and historical lies that have been used through the ages to dehumanize Indians, justifying the theft of our lands, the attempted destruction of our nations and the genocide against our people.” —Russell Means & Glenn Morris
It should be understood, with little explanation, why the federal holiday Columbus Day is so deeply problematic. Columbus is celebrated by Euro colonizers for having “discovered” the New World. Of course, Indigenous inhabitants, whom have lived in the so-called “New World” since time immemorial, would greatly dispute that Columbus discovered anything.
Continue reading Reclaiming History: Why We Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day